BlackBerry takes Facebook to court with patent suit

10 Marcha, 2018, 04:05 | Author: Misty Newman
  • BlackBerry is suing Facebook for isolating messaging patents

BlackBerry said Facebook and its companies developed "competing applications that improperly used BlackBerry's mobile messaging intellectual property".

However, Facebook General Counsel Paul Grewal dismissed the lawsuit as reflecting "the current state of [BlackBerry's] messaging business".

Facebook's Messenger platform allows users to play games with each other within the messaging service-a feature that Apple's Messages app also offers.

So, in order to raise some much-needed cash, BlackBerry is wielding patent infringement lawsuits against some of the biggest names in tech.

After largely getting out of the hardware business in 2013, CEO John S. Chen transitioned the company to focus on delivering secure software solutions for enterprise customers. In countries where text messaging charges were high, BBM was an attractive and popular tool for a short time, but the likes WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger soon outpaced it.

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Now, it appears the company is looking for different ways to make money off there technology.

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Last year Qualcomm Inc agreed to pay BlackBerry $940 million (61 hundred crore INR) to resolve adjudication over royalty payments.

Facebook said in a statement that it intends to fight BlackBerry.

BlackBerry has asked the court to address Facebook's "unlawful use of BlackBerry's intellectual property", which could require the firm to dramatically overhaul, or even shut down its messaging apps.

"After the fall of the BlackBerry handset, the company is shifting to other revenue sources, including monetizing its patent assets", said Matt Larson, an analyst with Bloomberg Intelligence.

According to a CNET report, the lawsuit comes after "several years of dialogue" with the social network. Finally, despite Grewal's bullish statement above, it's possible Facebook will agree to some kind of patent-licensing agreement, as the company did when Yahoo sued it for patent infringement back in 2012. Now, the company has retreated into supplying software and services for corporate and government clients. He also said that since the Canadian firm has "abandoned its efforts to innovate", it is now trying to "tax the innovation of others".



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